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many cases unsolved despite large recruitment efforts

Swedish police fail to solve break-in crimes

More break-ins in homes were reported in Sweden last year than ever before. Dagens Nyheter followed cases of break-ins that were reported in one weekend in October of 2011 over a ten month period. The investigation shows that only one out of nearly 100 cases was solved.

Only one case, a break-in in the town of Sigtuna, resulted in two men  being tried in court and sentenced.

According to Leif GW Persson, a professor in criminology and well-known Swedish author, the police could have done better.

"Many more cases could have been cleared if the police had dedicated more time to solving break-ins in private homes."

"The cases are not at all simple because often there is no suspect when the cases are reported. But the police could definitely have performed better", GW Persson told Dagens Nyheter.

In recent years, the Swedish Police have recruited more police than any other period in modern history, writes the newspaper. Despite this, the overall number of solved cases has not increased.

According to an inspection report from the Swedish Police, investigations of crime scenes are not always conducted thoroughly, and the police conducting them sometimes lack the neccessary experience and education.

"There's good ambition in the country, but we've discovered more and more flaws", said inspector Håkan Karlsson, head of Norrbotten county police.

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